ACCREDITATION

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Manchester tech firm doubles turnover and secures Microsoft Gold Accreditation

Manchester tech firm has the Midas touch, more than doubling turnover and securing Microsoft Gold Accreditation

Manchester-based technology growth firm Yobah is flying high after announcing record turnover and securing Microsoft Gold Managed Service partner status cementing its expertise and competencies in this area.

Originally set up in 2013 by Founder and CEO Paul Sanders, Yobah began life as a small consultancy firm but has grown to become a provider of cybersecurity and cloud-managed services to businesses including MoneySuperMarket.com and The Co-Op. With a core team of specialists which includes Sanders, CTO Ian Wright and COO Darren Jones the business has developed a unique network of associates with the ‘hard to meet, in-demand’ skills required by it’s growing fin-tech client base.

The accreditation means that Yobah has achieved the highest level of Microsoft’s widely recognised partnership programme and signifies a commitment from the business to work closely with Microsoft to remain at the forefront of the latest technology developments whilst financial growth for the business has allowed significant development, team growth and the opportunity to invest in systems and services to create first-class client experiences.

Speaking about the success, CEO Paul Sanders said “ We’re proud of the quality of our work and consider ourselves a trusted partner to all of our clients and we know when it comes to security and credentials, being recognised as the best provides extra confidence when clients need it. We were delighted to become a Microsoft Gold Managed Service Partner, it’s a real demonstration of our strength as a business in these areas and of our business growth journey as a whole”

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UK Matting Supplier Acquires Game-Changing ISO Accreditation


Matsdirect is a UK based international supplier of high-quality matting for commercial, retail and industrial markets based in Lancashire. This February marks a significant time for them as they have acquired the ISO 9001/2015 award which is an international standard dedicated to Quality Management Systems (QMS).

Matsdirect specialises in matting product types to suit a whole range of companies. From high street retailers like Selfridges to electrical companies like Siemens, they have an extensive customer base under their belt after trading for over 25 years, that spans an assortment of industries from all over the world. Providing entrance matting systems, safety matting and advertising matting, the company can offer solutions to almost any matting situation to meet various business needs.

February brings a new level of standard to Matsdirect as they have been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification. ISO’s awards are known worldwide for helping businesses achieve and promote various standardisations in the workplace. ISO 9001:2015 is no different. With a framework for improving quality in all aspects of the business, it assists in allowing the business to meet the requirements and expectations of their customers efficiently.

Chris Bleakley, the Managing Director of Matsdirect is thrilled about the new accreditation. He says,

‘We are thrilled at achieving the ISO 9001/2015 certification by the team, as it confirms our standing as a quality-focused company within the matting industry. Matsdirect UK Limited has been supplying and designing quality mat products since 1998 and can look forward to the future, working with even more companies that value this certification’

With the certification being in demand from clients in both the public and private sector, this addition is set to give Matsdirect a real edge over its competitors. Being recognised by such a widely known body of standards can not only be a signal of efficiency but of a willingness to learn and continually develop as a company. As their product line grows and their client base expands, they want to ensure a consistent approach to quality within their products and services.

More information about Matsdirect and their broad product offering can be found on their website – https://www.matsdirect.co.uk/index.html

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WARMWORKS SCOTLAND ACHIEVES INVESTORS IN PEOPLE PLATINUM ACCREDITATION


Warmworks Scotland, managing agent of the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland, has achieved the prestigious Investors in People Platinum Accreditation.

For nearly 30 years, Investors in People has been recognised internationally as a leading people accreditation. To have received the highest level accreditation is a terrific achievement and means that Warmworks has become only the second organisation in Scotland to achieve a Platinum award in its first assessment against the standard.

Commenting on the award, Ross Armstrong, Managing Director of Warmworks said: “I am absolutely delighted that Warmworks has been awarded the Investors in People accreditation, Platinum standard. This was our first assessment against the standard and to receive the highest level accreditation is a testament to how we do business.

“I am extremely proud and privileged to be a part of this amazing organisation, one that has already achieved so much in the four years since it was formed. The next step for us is to use our unique, values-driven culture as our starting point for our future growth and development, ensuring that we maximise this platform to build an equally exciting and inspiring future.”

Bonnie Clarke, Chief Executive of Remarkable, the organisation licensed to deliver Investors in People in Scotland, said: “As one of only 42 organisations that hold the prestigious Investors in People Platinum award, Warmworks joins an illustrious group of high performing organisations – huge congratulations to the entire team on their incredible achievement, it is very well deserved indeed. It is terrific to see an organisation where those in positions of leadership role model the behaviours that bring to life their values – professionalism, enthusiasm, innovation, teamwork and care. This is what Investors in People is about – making work better. Keep up the good work!”

Warmworks, based in Edinburgh near Leith, was founded in 2015 and employs around 70 field and office-based employees. It also manages a supply chain of 300+, which cover the length and breadth of Scotland.

Media Contact: Bronagh Finnegan, Public Affairs and Communications Manager bronagh.finnegan@warmworks.co.uk

Warmworks
1. Warmworks Scotland is a joint venture between the Energy Saving Trust, Everwarm and Changeworks
2. It is the Managing Agent of the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland
3. The latest Warmworks Annual Report is available to view or download at: https://www.warmworks.co.uk/about/

Warmworks Scotland – IIP Platinum Award – additional information from the final report:
• Warmworks IIP Benchmark was 814 whereas the average benchmark across
the sector in which they operate is 724.

• Warmworks is now one of 42 organisations in Scotland who hold Platinum accreditation and only the second that has achieved Platinum status in their first assessment against the standard.

• Transparency and trust are core to how Warmworks operate, leading and inspiring people to achieve great things on a daily basis.

• The values and behaviours integral to delivering a great service to people who experience fuel poverty is fully engrained in how everyone operates and understands their role.

• Leaders are active role models, leading by example and are trusted by people in the organisation, showing people what a good job looks like and would never ask people to do anything they would not do themselves.

About Investors in People (IIP)
4. Remarkable exclusively delivers the Investors in People accreditation within Scotland

5. Investors in People supports and challenges organisations to navigate and interpret the opportunities of doing business in the 21st century in innovative and creative ways. Opportunities such as technology, succession planning, flexible working; and challenges such as ineffectual decision making, absenteeism, employee disengagement

6. Investors in People is not about paperwork nor is it an audit or a rigid assessment. It is about listening to our clients, talking to our clients and becoming a critical friend to our clients to develop action orientated, positive solutions that are unique and fit for purpose

7. Investors in People recognises employer brands that are committed to looking after their people, engaging them and building trust; and it is the only international standard that aligns ambition and people – research tells us that nearly two thirds (57%) of organisations think Investors in People helps their staff be more productive (Source: Investors in People, Community Interest Company, UK)

8. Investors in People delivers objective and independent insights, stretch and inspiration to enable ambitious organisations to innovate and maintain their competitive edge to deliver outstanding client experiences and increase prosperity

9. The 6th generation of Investors in People has ensured it remains relevant for the challenges and the changes facing organisations in the 21st century – over 75% of Investors in People organisations in Scotland say it has had a positive impact, particularly around employee engagement, learning effectiveness and organisation performance (Source: IIP Impact Research, University of Glasgow, 2015)

10. There are 4 levels of award (Standard, Silver, Gold and Platinum) and within each of these, 4 levels of “maturity” (Developed, Established, Advanced and High Performing). Each level is more progressive and challenging than the next and each award is a fantastic recognition in its own right

11. For nearly 30 years Investors in People has been recognised internationally as a leading people accreditation

12. Investors in People has been achieved by over 14,000 organisations worldwide, across over 75 countries

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